Appalachian Trail Training Hikes

Description: Whether you're planning an Appalachian Trail thru-hike, other long-distance backpacking trip, or just want more exercise on your hikes, this outing is for you! Join our instructors for an informative training hike to get in shape for your upcoming adventure. Our hikes are designed to provide a good representation of the trail conditions you might find on the most well-known scenic trails while remaining close to home. We'll help you learn about hiking equipment, hydration, nutrition, basic navigation, and hiking techniques that will help you succeed. After our hike you should have a much better idea of your ability levels and what to expect on the trail. These hikes will be moderate to strenuous to simulate difficult trail conditions. These hikes are designed to simulate your upcoming long-distance trips. We recommend bringing the backpack you plan to carry, the clothes you are considering wearing, and either the equipment you plan to use (or equal weight) packed in your pack to provide you with the best training for your adventure.

Skills you'll learn:

Learn about hiking equipment and hiking techniques Learn about proper hydration and nutrition Learn basic navigation Visit some excellent training grounds close to home

Check out the gear list.

Required Legal Form:
This course requires the participant to read and sign a liability release form before participating. Please see "Required Legal Form" for the session you are registering for. You will need to print, sign and bring the form to your class.

Appalachian Trail Training Hikes Information

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  • Class Details
  • Gear List

Appalachian Trail Training Hikes Gear List

Gear to bring to class:


  • Sunglasses
  • Daypack - Day pack large enough to carry water, food and layers.
  • Sun Protection - Lip balm, sunscreen, wide-brim hats, etc.
  • Hiking Boots
  • Warm Jacket - Down or Synthetic.
  • Hiking Socks - Mositure wicking socks to help keep your feet cool and dry.
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather and conditions - Moisture wicking clothing that will help keep you warm and/or dry.
  • Rain Gear - Waterproof/resistant jacket, pants and hat.
  • Lunch & Snacks
  • Water Bottle


  • Personal Camera
  • Energy Snacks
  • Gaiters

Gear provided by REI:

  • Hiking Poles - REI will provide but you are welcome to bring your own.
  • Group First Aid Kit